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IW Gold Cup Final – Newport v Cowes Sports

On Tuesday night Newport and Cowes Sports go head to head in the final of the Harwoods Dacia Isle of Wight Gold Cup final.

It is over four years since these two teams played each other in a competitive match when Cowes Sports ran out 4-2 winners in the Wessex Premier League.

Newport have had a good season although just missing out on promotion to the Wessex Premier finishing just three points behind league winners Bemerton Heath Harlequins and also losing in extra time in the play off match against Laverstock and Ford.

Cowes Sports have had mixed results, finishing 16th in the Wessex Premier and preserving their higher league club status but with some heavy defeats in the process. The Yachtsmen will be hoping their talisman striker John McKie has recovered from injury to lead the fight against the Port.

Personally I am just pleased to see this game on again after two years without the Gold Cup final. Here’s hoping for a good game and may the best team win (preferably without the need for penalties).

Wessex Division 1 Play Off Semi Final

On Wednesday night Newport play at home to Folland Sports in the second of the Wessex Div 1 Play Off semi-finals.

The match is essentially a cup-tie, with the game being played over 90 minutes with extra time and penalties if necessary.

The winners will go through to the Play Off final against the winners of the Andover New Street and Laverstock and Ford semi final played on Tuesday night, at a ground to be confirmed.

If you are coming , please be early as there should be a good crowd at this important game.

IW Senior (Gold) Cup Semi Final

On Tuesday night we return to IW Gold Cup action as we travel to Westwood Park in Cowes for the semi-final match against East Cowes Vics.

The Gold Cup is always exciting and East Cowes Vics will be up for this match following their improvement in form towards the end of the season.

The semi-finals tend to draw decent crowds and so if you are travelling by car don’t rely on being able to park at Westwood and maybe park on a nearby street or at least get there early.

Kick off is at 7,30pm

Newport v Oakfield

On Tuesday night Newport return to IW Senior Cup Football with a Quarter Final tie at home to Oakfield from IW Division 1. The competition hasnt been completed for the last two years due to Covid restrictions and Newport were the last winners.

The match will be the first match under the new floodlights at Smallbrook and the first floodlight match there for some considerable time, Ryde Sports having ceased in 1997.

Kick off is at 7.30pm and a minibus will be leaving St Georges Park at 6.30pm returning after the match.

Paul Phelps

Everyone at Newport Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of our former Chairman Paul Phelps.

Paul was a much loved Chairman at Newport where he was also a Director between 2008 and 2015. Paul was known for his warmth and humour when entertaining visiting teams and a wonderful companion on away trips.

During Paul’s time at Newport the club enjoyed cup success winning the Russell Cotes Cup in 2011, the Isle of Wight Senior Cup four times and reaching the 5th round of the FA Vase in 2013.

Paul later went on to be Chairman of East Cowes Vics.

We all send our condolences to Pauls family.

Fixture Updates

A brief update to upcoming fixtures.

Saturdays match away to Bemerton Heath Harlequins is now a 3.15pm kick off. As we are travelling out on the 1200 ferry and back on the 1930 ferry it allows us time to arrive without worrying about delays with ferries or on route and hopefully supporters can spend longer in the clubhouse before and after the game. We are taking bookings for the team coach which we expect to be busy. See our Facebook page for booking details.

We have been drawn at home to Oakfield in the Isle of Wight Gold Cup and the match is to be played at East Cowes Vics on Weds 2nd March with a 7.30pm kick off. We were hoping to play at Smallbrook under the new lights later in March but we have to get the match out of the way asap.

The postponed home match against Whitchurch United has been inserted as our last game of the season on Saturday 16th April with a 3pm kick off. This fills the gap left following Infinity coming out of the league.

Early kick off against Fawley AFC

Following discussions with Fawley AFC, the Wessex League and the match officials, it has been agreed that Saturdays game will again have an earlier kick off at 1.45pm. This will fit in with ferry times and Fawley’s travelling plans. Unfortunately this is the way the ferries are scheduled at present.

Free Seats on the Team Bus to Verwood

As most people are aware we will not be playing at Smallbrook, home to Verwood this Saturday as the match has been switched to Potterne Park in Verwood. There are a number of reasons for this, primarily the Smallbrook pitch still had standing water on before last Saturday night’s rain and it was even worse this Monday. With East Cowes Vics at home this coming Saturday a call had to be made on Saturday and we opted to travel to Verwood.

In light of this we have decided that we will offer 20 free seats to supporters who want to make the journey with us and get behind the team. The offer will cover coach travel and ferry travel to Verwood. You will be liable for any other expenses you incur including ground entrance unless you are a Newport season ticket holder in which case that will be covered for you ( we only have 5 Season Ticket holders anyway).

The coach will leave St.Georges Park at 11.10am and get back about 8.45pm travelling with Kardan Coaches and Red Funnel via East Cowes.

To book a seat you will need to make a phone call to 07734581648. It will be strictly limited to 20 places. We are giving people a bit of time to think about it and make their mind up as we only want people to call if they are definitely travelling

We will take your calls from 9am tomorrow and the first 20 will be guaranteed seats.